Head of Data Centre Solution Design - Flexible & Hybrid working available

London, Bristol, Edinburgh
£108,352 - £135,440 per annum
10 Jun 2022
24 Jun 2022
Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group is the UK's largest Digital, Retail and Commercial Bank with a focus on Helping Britain Recover. Our Technology systems are at the core of the Bank, operating 24*7, 365 days per year and the Resilience of those systems is an essential part, ensuring our Customers get the service they deserve. We're redefining our ways of working, setting the standard on our resilience capability, putting our customers at the heart of what we do and using the newest technology to provide an excellent customer experience.

We're seeking an individual who will continually challenge, empower, mentor, and support their team. Providing effective and efficient leadership across all of the Technology and business teams by setting a clear Resilience strategy that fully empowers the teams to drive the best customer outcomes. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a strong team supporting the largest Digital bank in the UK; utilising groundbreaking tooling and technologies as the Bank embarks on a journey toward Cloud computing.

We're looking for a Leader who is passionate about Resilience, transforming processes and frameworks, delivering the most reliable service to our customers and financial services industry. You'll have a strong sense of ownership and integrity and enjoy working with a multifaceted set of teams with strong values and clear purpose mand will be someone who combines technical knowledge, thought leadership and analytical skills to define the bigger picture and own the transformation of technical solutions being deployed within LBG Data Centres.

Our Data Centres are the nerve centre of the Organisation and are where we host the banks most critical applications. LBG has taken the decision to build a brand-new data centre to provide us with a sustainable hosting facility for the next 20+ years.

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Within the GCIO Resilience portfolio our Data Centre Solution Design team has been charged with building a new data centre facility and migrating the IT services from other data centres to centralise into a twin datacentre operating model. LBG has a vast infrastructure estate covering a multitude of different vendor technologies and as such we need to understand our platforms, our roadmaps and create the blueprint for how we implement the programme.

Your responsibilities will include managing a team of Technical Solution Architects and Consultants from across the group and 3rd parties. You'll partner and align roadmaps and objectives, both infrastructure and application, to ensure the most cost effective and efficient approach to datacentre migration whilst ensuring risks are well understood and controlled. You'll lead on senior level engagement and act as a focal point for all programme related issues. You'll also represent the programme at local governance forums and working groups whilst collaborating across Engineering and Architectural teams to influence design decisions and agree technical solutions. You'll be providing guidance and direction to more junior colleagues, nurturing their skills and ensuring we deploy the right people on the right projects at the right time.

This is a technical role, but not at a coding level - however, we'll expect you to have a firm appreciation of infrastructure design in order to review architectural designs. You'll also need to possess the presence and confidence in this knowledge to influence senior business and technical leaders.

The remit for the role will include;

  • Leading and communicating the prioritisation of design and understand the business benefits and vital trade-offs to achieve Lloyds Banking Groups mission.
  • Defining the case for change and demonstrating how we can modernise platforms and reduce costs and complexity of DC Migration.
  • Leading a multi-discipline team to take components from concept, design through to delivery
  • Connecting teams across platform areas to create a cohesive and scalable designs and integrated roadmaps.
  • Responsible for scope and execution of each migration wave and strategy
  • Identifying gaps and proactively seek opportunities to improve design delivery execution
  • Identifying industry trends and developments and the opportunities they might generate.
  • Developing and maintaining appropriate design system controls and governance to minimise risk.

About you

We're looking for someone who:

  • Can clearly communicate the why and explain how the team achieves our goals.
  • Is highly motivated, proactive, and driven to achieve individual and collective goals. You nurture an environment that encourages innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Enjoys establishing relationships and finding opportunities to bring people together in an informative and engaging manner.
  • Is credible in front of senior audiences, providing balanced challenge where appropriate.
  • Can remain calm and resilient under pressure, proactively identifying new/potential risks and responsive to emerging priorities.
  • Demonstrates experience leading design within an enterprise-wide programme and experience of bringing together and running a multi-disciplinary team
  • Has a deep understanding of migration methodologies ideally across a broad range of enterprise platforms.
  • Can demonstrate the ability to understand and navigate a large organisation's multiple platforms, channels, and shape a sustainable strategy that can benefit all areas.
  • Can demonstrate the ability to lead multiple design and engineering deliveries at the same time.
  • Has a personal presence that inspires confidence in others.
  • Builds the right conditions and environment for others to deliver their best work and develop their careers.

We pride ourselves on being hard-working, outcome-focused, and passionate about making a difference. We deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer, providing flexible working, as well as equipping colleagues with skills and opportunities. We also have a lot of fun!

Currently the team is working mostly remotely, with Bi-Monthly trips to the office (this may increase in future). Additional on-site working may be vital sometimes to support collaboration, but we aim to provide plenty of notice to arrange travel. We also appreciate normal office hours can sometimes be a challenge and whilst we can't always adopt every flexible request, we're happy to be asked and will always consider them.

As a new colleague, you'll join us on our journey to build a 21st century bank that reflects modern Britain, and craft an inclusive culture where all colleagues feel encouraged and valued.

We're committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the customers and communities we serve, and to building an inclusive environment where all our colleagues can be themselves and succeed on merit. We support the principles of agile working and are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We're an equal opportunity employer and deeply value diversity within our organisation.

So if you possess the skills we're seeking then get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

Together we make it possible.